Alice Sheridan figure drawing study of head resting in hands

Trust in emergence

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Any drawing is a process of interpreting what you see rather than what you think you see. Our brains are so strong in their collection of pre-conceived images that it can be hard to filter out what we know and instead draw what we are really…
"Art is never finished, only abandoned"

This is the end my friend

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I know he was a genius but I have to disagree with Leonardo da Vinci. Apparently he once wrote; Art is never finished, only abandoned. ...which strikes me as a rather defeatist way of deciding when a piece of work is complete. But if getting…
Alice Sheridan beginning of landscape painting

Magic contact lenses and how we see

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I love my magic contact lenses. I wear them during the night and they correct my vision so that when I remove them in the morning I can see - what could be more magic! Unfortunately they don't do all the hard work for me and there are still…
Alice Sheridan abstract landscape painting

One painting that says it all

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How do you choose one image that represents all your paintings? If part of the process of painting is eliminating and refining ideas then one image simply can't say it all. This is what I had to consider earlier this month when the deadline…
detail of painting

Keeping the hope

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Anyone who says painting is easy has clearly never tried. Each mark is the result of a myriad different decisions, some are conscious and some are led by intuition. Which builds through knowledge and practice. One of the hardest things when…

Do you really want art to be a bargain?

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So did you get caught up in the Black Friday mayhem last week? The consumerist Christmas binge day when we're all encouraged to bag a bargain. Or did you remember that a bargain is only good value if you really wanted it in the first place? Whenever…

Who's really in charge here?

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This week in the studio I began with some fixed intentions...  But it didn't go quite as planned... I was working on a commissioned painting that will be a birthday gift. It's making me pretty nervous as it is hard to predict which direction…

Exhibition news

Yesterday I delivered a piece of work that has been selected for the National Original Print Exhibition, to be held at the Bankside Gallery. Stone Calligraphy II is one of a pair of large plates (58 x 20cm) created by layers of hard ground…

Scheduling time for art

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How do you find time for making art? If you find your creative output grinds to a stop as domestic life takes over, you are not the only one. Finding time can be hard to do, but this is my solution.... hope it helps. Last week was the usual…

Change your drawing style with new materials

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We all have our own personal way of drawing. I may admire other people's work and even aspire to it. But when I draw it always comes out looking like 'mine', like handwriting. This can be reassuring as you build your personal approach and…

Drawing on your surroundings

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I've just come home from a glorious weekend in Dartmoor; blue skies, fresh grass, the English countryside at its best. Great for an afternoon relaxing with a book, but not so good for me looking for new inspiration for paintings. It can feel…

Prints made by 200+ people

As I was preparing for the recent Open House event I knew that one of the things people enjoy about it is the chance to find out more about the way an artist approaches their work. I always have sketchbooks on show, this time I also wanted to…